Posted: 31/03/2013 at 09:58
Thanks for the advice, I'm in Leeds, UK. I bought some potato bags as I couldn't find anything I could recycle - so short across the bottom, long sides. They're in a corner against a south facing wall, so fairly sheltered - think I just need to roll the tops down as clogherhead suggests and make sure I give them enough water.
Luckily I seem to be on the right track - I'm not a total novice, I grew lots of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic last year, but I was living in SE Europe, so the weather was definitely on my side, by this time last year, we were between 20 and 30 C every day. It's the cold that worries me the most, but I've armed myself with a few books and hopefully it will all start to sink in at some point!